To many young people, marriage is no more than you meet someone. You fall in love. You get married. You live happily ever after.... Only if it were that easy! Sadly, the reality that stares us in the face isn't very gratifying. By design, marriage should be fruitful, happy and enduring. This is as Allah points out to us:

"And among His Signs is this, that He created for you wives from among yourselves, that you may find repose in them, and He has put between you affection and mercy. Verily, in that are indeed signs for a people who reflect." (Q30[Rum1:21).

Isn't it really strange that relationships bound together with love and affection just yesterday turn really sour today? You wondered, where all the 'I love you(s)' went? At what point did the beloved of yesterday turn to the detested of today? Why do heartthrobs become heart robs. What is it that couples are not doing right and what is it that every couple can do to perpetuate their marriage and groom their relationship? Naturally, every couple enters into their marriage with high hopes and strong desire to make their own an ideal relationship but soon become really defeated. Is it ever possible to sustain marriage for a real long time these days? The answer is 'yes' and the presence of many enduring marriages attests to this. The following are some of the things that may help in sustaining your marriage biithni'lIaah (by Allah’s Grace)!

This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited

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